place (someone or something) above (someone or something)

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place (someone or something) above (someone or something)

1. Literally, to place or designate someone or something in a higher position than someone or something else. I want to put our wedding photo above the mantelpiece in the living room. The cabin only had bunk beds because it was so small, so we took the bottom bunk and put the kids above us.
2. By extension, to put greater value on someone or something, or to regard someone or something more highly or favorably, than someone or something else. You really shouldn't place the needs of your company above the needs of your family. I always felt like Mom placed our baby brother above Tommy and I when we were growing up.
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place someone or something above someone or something

 
1. Lit. to put someone or something in a place that is higher than someone or something else. I placed Sally above everyone else in a place where she could see everything. I placed the book above Sally on a shelf. Who placed the mirror above the fireplace?
2. Fig. to hold someone or something in higher regard than someone or something else. I place her above all others in honesty. She seems to place money above her family. She placed herself above almost everyone else.
See also: above, place
References in classic literature ?
However, the most astonishing and, if I may so express myself, the most painful, thing in this matter, is that you cannot even understand, young man, that Lizabetha Prokofievna, only stayed with you because you are ill, --if you really are dying--moved by the pity awakened by your plaintive appeal, and that her name, character, and social position place her above all risk of contamination.
THE Material Girl's wealth and fame must not place her above the law.
Her determination to win newcomer Kevin will place her above many others--if she can compete with Sterling, who is used to getting her way.